06/09/10 8:55 PM ET
Pattern developed during Cubs' Draft
Pitching or high school, junior college players mostly picked
By Jordan Schelling / MLB.com
Out of 50 total picks, the Cubs took 29 players who were either high school or junior college players. Likewise, 31 of the club's 50 draftees were pitchers.
One of the Cubs' more notable late-round picks was first baseman Benito Santiago, son of the former Cubs catcher. The younger Santiago, a sophomore at Lon Morris College -- a junior college in Jacksonville, Texas -- batted .351 on the season with four home runs and 14 RBIs, while stealing 21 bases.
The elder Santiago, a Puerto Rican native, played for nine teams during his 20-year career in the big leagues. Santiago was a five-time All-Star selection, as well as a three-time Gold Glove Award winner, the 1987 National League Rookie of the Year and the 2002 NL Championship Series MVP for the Giants.
Of the Cubs' 31 pitchers selected, 23 were right-handers, including their first-round pick -- Hayden Simpson, a 6-foot, 175-pound junior from Southern Arkansas University.
While they took plenty of pitchers, the Cubs went especially pitching-heavy on the second day, selecting 17 pitchers out of 29 second-day Draft picks, including six in a row at one point.
One of those pitchers was a local talent, lefty Eric Jokisch -- a junior from Northwestern University -- whom the Cubs took with the 340th overall pick. The Cubs also took Jokisch's batterymate with the Wildcats, catcher Chad Noble -- a senior who was taken 1,120th overall.
Overall, the Cubs took nine players with Illinois ties, including back-to-back picks with Creighton shortstop Elliot Soto at No. 460 and Mount Zion High School right-hander Ryan Hartman with the 490th overall selection.
The biggest trend of the third day for the Cubs was junior college players, as they selected seven with their 20 picks on the day, including Santiago, their first selected on Wednesday.
Center fielder Reggie Golden, from Wetumpka High School in Alabama, was the first of 15 picks used by the Cubs on high school athletes. Golden was one of three center fielders taken by Chicago, including Ivan De Jesus, who shares the same name as Cubs first-base coach Ivan DeJesus.
The Cubs did not select a left fielder, while in right field and at second and third base, the club took just one player per position, as well as one player listed simply as an outfielder. At every other position, however, the team selected at least two players.
Among the position players selected, the Cubs' most promising hitter appears to be catcher Micah Gibbs, a junior out of Louisiana State University. Gibbs, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound switch hitter, can hit well for average and has shown plenty of pop from both sides of the plate.
Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.